Sen. Jones supports cutting 49 judgeships

State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, chair of Senate Judiciary Committee announced plans to eliminate 49 Michigan judgeships that are unnecessary.

The non-partisan State Court Administrative Office has determined that 45 trial court judgeships and four appeals court judgeships are not needed because of caseload. Each trial court judge cost both state and local taxpayers a combined approximately $460,000 a year.

“We can save the taxpayers a great deal of money by reducing judgeships that are not needed,” Jones said. “Some of these positions may have been created for political reasons and other areas have had population shifts.”